MMEA rescues British angler stranded on Pulau Lalang off Melaka

MELAKA: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) rescued a British man who was stranded on Pulau Lalang off the coast here while on a fishing trip.

Melaka and Negri Sembilan MMEA director Maritime Capt Iskandar Ishak identified the man as Russel Walter Boyd, 40, who lives in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

"The victim was found safe without any injury after being stranded on the island for about three hours," he said in a statement on Tuesday (May 30).

Iskandar said Boyd had gone to the island alone to fish.

His rubber boat was swept away by strong currents because it was not securely moored, he added.

"We received an alert from the Johor Baru Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) through the MERS 999 line at 2.30am yesterday (Monday, May 29) before deploying Bot Kilat 19, which was nearby, to rescue him," he said.

Iskandar said the man was then taken to the marine jetty at Bandar Hilir.

He advised the public to report any information or emergency to the Melaka and Negri Sembilan Maritime Operations Centre at 06-3876730 or call the MERS 999 line for assistance.

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